Putin is being lured into a trap: the Kaliningrad crisis arose for a reason

They want to distract the Kremlin from Ukraine, creating a new hotbed of tension

It's been a long time since I've been in complete agreement with the NATO Secretary General, even on a sentence of just a few words. But even in the era after February 24 this year, miracles happen. “Peace in Europe cannot be taken for granted,” said Jens Stoltenberg, among other things, in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais. The chief apparatchik of NATO was somewhat late with his wise remark – like four months? On the one hand, yes. One of the main news of this weekend from the news agency RIA Novosti: “The industrial zone of Severodonetsk and the airport are completely freed.” Yes, yes, I remember that in Ukraine there is only a special military operation. But, you see, everything that is happening around us now does not attract the world either. What then is the conversation about? About the fact that the anecdote about the times of covid, which has already become a modern classic, “is it possible now to believe that then we thought that we had serious problems?” can once again turn “from fairy tale to reality”.

Is it possible to be a bigger Borrell than Borrell himself? Don't strain your head: you can. The Lithuanian authorities have already successfully (if I may say so, of course) done this. Expressing full support for the actions of official Vilnius aimed at a partial blockade of the Kaliningrad region, the chief diplomat of the European Union made a very important reservation: they say that we need to check all our sanctions directives and, if necessary, revise them. “We don't want to block traffic between Kaliningrad and Russia, but only to prevent sanctions circumvention,” Borrell said. A clumsy wording – albeit not in a stylistic sense, but in a political sense. Kaliningrad is, as you know, also Russia. Exactly the same Russia as, for example, Moscow. And the fact that the EU High Commissioner intends to “recheck everything and, if necessary, revise” shows that he understands how high the stakes are in this game.

The blockade of traffic between Russia and Russia is, to use somewhat outdated diplomatic terms, Casus belli, a formal pretext for declaring war. Am I interpreting the situation too sharply and broadly? I agree. But the same “expansive interpretation” claim can be made with even greater justification to the Lithuanian authorities. I really don't like the word “provocation”. It has become so obsolete from very private and (in many cases) unjustified use that it has almost lost its original meaning. Let us therefore first recall this meaning. Provocation is a type of psychological manipulation carried out with the aim of inducing someone to certain actions that entail negative consequences for the actors.

No matter how the Lithuanian authorities refer to the “EU directives”, their actions are a classic provocation. Action number one: we run up to the bear sitting in the cage and playfully, but persistently, poke it with a stick with a sharp tip. Action number two: we quickly run away and joyfully watch from the side how the bear roars with anger and loosens the bars of the cage. But here's the problem: the “Russian bear” is not in a cage right now. He is currently conducting “educational actions” with the authorities of another state, which (in the case of at least the last two presidents of Ukraine) have turned their policy towards the Kremlin into one continuous provocation and are now paying very serious for it (there is no more serious) political price.

The question is: what exactly did official Vilnius want to achieve with its provocation? At one time, it seemed to me that I was quite well versed in the mentality of Lithuanian politicians. But today I can only build versions, each of which can be fair (or unfair) both on its own and in the same package with “neighbors”. Version one. Lithuanian servants of the people in general have lost the habit of really straining their heads and are rushing somewhere into the foggy distance on an emotional wave. Version two. In official Vilnius, they believe so much in the “magic power” of the NATO political and defense umbrella that they believe: we can do whatever we want and nothing will happen to us for it. Fearing massive US retaliation, Moscow will not dare to touch us.

The third version is the most sinister. The Lithuanian authorities deliberately put their country under attack, hoping to provoke a chain of dangerous events that, according to their calculations, will ultimately lead to Russia's strategic defeat. Recently, I asked a prominent Western expert informally why political and military leaders in some NATO countries – for example, Poland and Great Britain – suddenly began to call on fellow citizens “not to be afraid of a war with Russia.” After all, a war between NATO and Russia is, by definition, a nuclear war. And a nuclear war is, again, by definition, the death of all mankind.

The answer I received was reduced to the following thought. There is a nuclear power India. There is a nuclear power Pakistan. These two powers are periodically at war with each other, while refraining from the use of nuclear weapons. And if so, then why do we consider impossible “a limited conventional war between NATO and Russia without the use of nuclear weapons”? I really hope that all these reflections will remain a theory that will not be tested in practice. When cherishing such hopes, however, it is important to remember: hope is one thing, a guarantee is quite another. Still, Stoltenberg is right: peace in Europe (or even such a “peace” as it is now) should by no means be taken for granted.

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Consideration of the case on the theft of Chubais’s property was postponed indefinitely

The hearing on the case of the theft of property from Anatoly Chubais has been postponed indefinitely, TASS reports, citing the lawyer of one of the defendants, Vyacheslav Makarov.

The hearing of the case was scheduled for June 27. According to the lawyer, the postponement is due to the fact that Chubais himself is absent from the meetings. Makarov previously noted that the ex-head of Rosnano unavailable by phone and does not take subpoenas from the court.

Recall that in 2017, Chubais wrote a statement to the police, in which he indicated that property was stolen from his residential complex in the Odintsovo district. The amount of damage amounted to 70 million rubles. Four people are involved in the case, the main defendant is Chubais's former partner Ilya Suchkov. None of the accused pleads guilty. 

Chubais is now outside of Russia. According to media reports, he settled in Italy, where he has property. He does not plan to return to his homeland yet.

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The first footage from the liberated territory of Azot appeared

Correspondent "Izvestia" Yaroslav Bogat showed footage from the bomb shelters of the Azot plant in Severodonetsk, where Ukrainian nationalists held civilians.

According to him, the soldiers of the LPR army are evacuating townspeople in small groups of 10-20 people. The correspondent clarified that there were about 170 civilians in  the plant's bomb shelter where they managed to get. 

Bogat noted that among the evacuees there were children and elderly people, many were in the dungeons of the plant «Nitrogen» with pets. He added that civilians had been hiding in basements for a long time, united in small groups.

Earlier today, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that from the territory of the Azot plant, 800 civilians were released in Severodonetsk.

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Do doctors have to pay for healthy patients?

Weekly “Argumenty i Fakty” No. 25. Tariff makes waves 22/06/2022 Expert answer 0 + –

Elena Tretyakova, Member of the Council for VSS health insurance, answers:

— Preserving the health of patients is no less important task than treating those who already got sick. Such a system of payment for medical care appeared in the MHI as early as in 2013. But then system didn development, few regions applied it in practice. Now this method of payment should be transformed into an understandable, transparent system. Created in 2022  for the whole country, uniform indicators for assessing the activities of the primary link — great advantage. This is the starting point for the necessary changes. So far, there is no information about the fact that funds for additional financing have appeared in the CHI system. Perhaps the funds will be allocated by the government of the Russian Federation in 2022. or it will be allowed to use the balances in the normalized safety stock.

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LPR forces did not find a single living person in the village of Novotoshkovskoye

Luhansk security forces did not find a single living civilian in the village of Novotoshkivske after the retreat of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This was reported by RT correspondent Yulia Martovalieva.

According to the military correspondent, the forces of the LPR People's Militia, which took control of the settlement, did not find a single living among the local residents. Martovalieva said that a large some of the residents died of dehydration and starvation, hiding in the basements from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 

In addition, the military correspondent reported that there was not a single building left in the village to be restored. She added that the soldiers of the Ukrainian army left the equipment and bodies of their servicemen in the trenches during the retreat. 

Earlier today it was reported that the allied forces of the LPR and Russia entered Lisichansk and are fighting in the city.  

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Sochi authorities have warned that the risk of tornadoes remains

In Sochi, there is still a possibility of tornadoes forming over the sea and their coming to land. A warning is published on the website of the administration of the resort city.

“Rescuers recommend residents and guests of Sochi to take all precautions, as well as temporarily refuse to rest near the water, – The report says.

The city administration noted that more than 300 people and 80 pieces of equipment are working to eliminate the consequences of the emergency in the Lazarevsky district. Now work is underway to clear 16 beaches, they will be put in order within two days.

It is noted that road and rail traffic is carried out as usual. The road builders restored the temporary roadbed in the destroyed areas, and electricity is supplied to all consumers. It will take 2-3 months to restore the water intake on the Psezuapse River. 

On June 23, three large tornadoes were recorded in Sochi at once. One of them went ashore and destroyed a coastal cafe. 

On June 24 due to heavy rain, two cars were swept into the sea near the Sochi village of Zubova Shchel. Two women died, one man managed to escape .

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In the United States, dozens of people were detained at protests against the decision to ban abortion

At least 25 people were detained in New York during a protest against the decision of the Supreme Court to abolish the right to abortion.

According to the New York Post, they took to the streets about 17 thousand people. Many carried placards and also chanted “My Body – my choice.

ABC7 TV channel reports that in Los Angeles there were clashes between the police and protesters who threw pyrotechnics and other objects at law enforcement officers. Dozens of people have been detained. In Arizona, the police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The right to abortion has been in effect in the United States since 1973. On the eve of the Supreme Court of the country overturned this decision and thus gave the opportunity to individual states to make their own rules. Nearly half of the 50 states now plan to ban or significantly restrict abortion in their territories.

President Joe Biden condemned the decision, saying it “sets America back 150 years.”

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Odessa Philharmonic disowns Dolina after singer’s visit to Donbass

In the Odessa Philharmonic, where Larisa Dolina began her career, they disowned the People's Artist of Russia, Readovka reports.

According to the publication, former colleagues pretended to have forgotten the singer. It is noted that the artist’s visit to Donbass in May of this year served as the reason.

“Valley really once sang at the Philharmonic. She is hardly mentioned here today. Although our Philharmonic Society gave her a future and a start in life,” the source said.

People's Artist of the Russian Federation Larisa Dolina and Russian theater and film actor Dmitry Dyuzhev arrived in Donbass to congratulate residents on Republic Day. They laid flowers at the monument to the “Victims of Fascism” in Donetsk.

In May of this year, Larisa Dolina proposed the creation of an international competition for Russian-speaking performers due to the fact that Western countries launched a policy of abolishing Russian culture.

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Russia approved the draft agreement with Serbia on flight safety

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved a draft agreement with Serbia on improving flight safety. The order was published on the official portal of legal information.

The document was submitted by the Ministry of Transport of Russia. The project was agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and was also preliminary worked out with the Serbian side.

Mishustin instructed the Federal Air Transport Agency to negotiate an agreement with colleagues from Serbia.

The agreement implies that now Russia and Serbia Simplify aircraft airworthiness, flight simulator evaluations, and maintenance operations. The parties will also cooperate on maintaining the level of safety and quality of the environment.

Earlier, the Federal Air Transport Agency said that the re-registration of aircraft in the state register of the Russian Federation would not affect flight safety. According to the Ministry of Transport, most of the aircraft of Russian airlines have already been transferred to the domestic register and reinsured. 

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The forces of Russia and the LNR completely liberated Severodonetsk and Borovskoye

The allied forces of Russia and the Lugansk People's Republic completely liberated the cities Severodonetsk and Borovskoye, as well as the settlements of Voronovo and Sirotino. This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant-General Igor Konashenkov.

According to him, the units of LPR People's Militia with the support of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out successful offensive operations, as a result of which Severodonetsk, Borovskoye, Voronovo and Sirotino were completely liberated. 

“Thus, the enemy's attempt to turn the industrial zone of the Severodonetsk enterprise “AZOT” into thwarted into a stubborn center of resistance, — said  Konashenkov, noting that now the territory of the plant is controlled by the Luhansk security forces.

It is also noted that after the complete liberation of the cities Severodonetsk and Borovskoye the entire left-bank territory of the Seversky Donets within the borders of the LPR came under its control .

Earlier today it was reported that the allied forces of the LPR and Russia entered Lisichansk and are fighting in the city.

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Zelensky dismissed Ukrainian ambassadors in five countries

The President of Ukraine Zelensky dismissed the ambassadors in Georgia, Iran, Portugal, Slovakia and Lebanon. The reasons for this decision and who will take the posts of ambassadors of Ukraine in Georgia, Iran, Lebanon, Portugal and Slovakia are not reported. Zelensky also appointed new Ukrainian ambassadors to New Zealand and Tajikistan

Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has dismissed ambassadors to Georgia, Iran, Lebanon, Portugal and Slovakia. The relevant decrees are published on the website of the Ukrainian president.

According to the documents:

  • Sergei Burdilyak was dismissed from the post of Ambassador of Ukraine to the Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • Igor Dolgov was dismissed from the post of Ambassador of Ukraine to Georgia;
  • Yury Mushka was dismissed from the post of Ambassador of Ukraine to Slovakia;
  • Inna Ognivets was dismissed from the post of Ambassador of Ukraine to Portugal;
  • < li>Igor Ostash was dismissed from the post of Ukrainian Ambassador to Lebanon.

The reasons for this decision were not reported. Also, Zelensky has not yet appointed new Ukrainian ambassadors to these countries. At the same time, by the decree of the President of Ukraine, Valery Evdokimov was appointed Ambassador to Tajikistan, and Vasily Miroshnichenko— ambassador to New Zealand.

Earlier, Zelensky announced that he would fire ambassadors for inefficient performance of official duties, UNIAN wrote.

All the dismissed ambassadors were appointed during the previous administration of the then President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. In 2015, he appointed Ognivets Ambassador to Portugal, and Burdilyak— in Iran, in 2016 Mushku— Ambassador to Slovakia, Ostasha— in Lebanon. In 2017, he appointed former Deputy Defense Minister for European Integration Igor Dolgov to the post of Ukrainian Ambassador to Georgia.

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In early June, Bild reported that German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock was refusing to meet with Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Melnyk.

The Federal Foreign Ministry explained that the matter was in the different statuses of diplomats, and added that Burbock was on permanent contact with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmitry Kuleba.

At the same time, the publication notes that other ministers are not embarrassed by the difference: Minister of Economy Robert Habek, Minister of Finance Christian Lindner, Minister of Defense Kristina met with Melnik Lambrecht and others.

Melnik repeatedly spoke sharply about the leadership of Germany. So, in May, he called German Chancellor Olaf Scholz a “offended liverwurst”.

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Biden tightens gun control

After nearly 30 years of inaction, the U.S. gun control act passed will make “children in schools and communities safer,” Biden said

Joe Biden arms trafficking in the United States. Live was broadcast by the White House on Twitter.

“Lives will be saved,”— he said. Referring to the families of the victims of the shooting, the President said: “Their message to us was to do something. Well, today we did it.

Biden called June 25 “a significant day,” and the signed law — “the most significant law in the last 30 years” to tighten security measures in the field of trafficking in small arms.

However, the US President added that there is still a lot of work to be done.

< p>Earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives, following the Senate, approved a bipartisan bill that provides for serious federal restrictions on carrying weapons.

The law was supported by 234 congressmen, 193— opposed. All Democrats in the House of Representatives and 14 Republicans voted for him.

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The law will increase background checks on gun buyers under the age of 21, allocate significant funds for mental health care and improve school safety, and also closes called the boyfriend loophole.

In addition, more funds will be made available to enforce “red flag” laws, which allow the temporary removal of weapons from individuals deemed dangerous.

The National Rifle Association criticized the bill, while The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police supported him.

On May 24, a shooting occurred at a school in the Texas city of Uvalde. The fire was opened by a former student of the institution, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos: he barricaded himself in the school. The police began storming the building only an hour later, as a result of the shooting, 21 people died: 19 children and two adults. The attacker was shot dead during the arrest.

The Associated Press wrote that the shooting in Uvalde was the most massive in terms of the number of victims in almost a decade.

After the shooting in Uvalde, Biden called for fighting the US arms lobby and enact stricter gun control laws. “I'm tired of this,” — then he emphasized.

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Ukrainian intelligence chief announces ‘tipping point’ in August

According to Kirill Budanov, the retreat of Ukrainian troops from the Luhansk region is a “tactical regrouping”, and in August there will be a “turning point” and Ukraine will begin to return its territories

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In August 2022, the “tipping point” during a special Russian military operation in Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, said on the ITV channel.

“Ukraine will return to its 1991 borders, there will be no other scenarios, and we are not considering any other scenarios. Starting in August, certain events will take place that will demonstrate to the whole world that the turning point has arrived, — he said.

At the same time, Budanov noted that the retreat from Severodonetsk is a “tactical regrouping” that is taking place in general throughout Ukraine. “In certain sections of the front line we successfully counterattack, in certain sections of the front line we successfully defend,” — added head of intelligence.

«I have already said and I will repeat again— before the end of the year, active hostilities will come to naught. We are adamant in our opinion. In the foreseeable future, we will regain control of our territories, — he concluded.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has also not ruled out the possibility of a turning point in the conflict in Ukraine, but for this, according to him, Kyiv needs additional arms supplies from abroad .

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Russia launched a military operation on February 24. President Vladimir Putin called its goals “demilitarization and denazification”; Ukraine, its non-nuclear and neutral status. On March 25, the Ministry of Defense announced that, in general, the tasks of the first stage of the special operation had been completed. “In general, the main tasks of the first stage of the operation have been completed. The combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has been significantly reduced, which allows, I emphasize once again, to focus the main efforts on achieving the main goal— liberation of Donbass»,— Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoy, head of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said.

On April 19, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the start of the next stage of the special operation. A few days later, the defense ministry explained that during the second phase, the Russian military plans to take control of the Donbass and the southern part of Ukraine.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

Lysichansk and Severodonetsk for a long time remained the last large cities not controlled by the LPR within the borders of the Luhansk region of Ukraine. The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced the taking of Severodonetsk under full control earlier on June 25. On the same day, Andrei Marochko, a representative of the military department of the LPR, said that the Allied Forces of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic and the Armed Forces of Russia had entered Lysichansk. received a command to retreat from Severodonetsk to more fortified positions. “Now the situation is that it makes no sense to be in broken positions, because every day the number of deaths in unfortified territories can grow proportionally. Therefore, such a decision was made, — he explained.

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The EC has prepared a document allowing Russia to transport goods to Kaliningrad

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The European Commission is discussing a draft document allowing the transportation of goods under sanctions from “Russia to Russia”— to the Kaliningrad region— through the EU. This was announced by the European Parliamentarian from Lithuania, Petras Auštrevičius.

“A document was born that will allow the transportation of sanctioned goods through the EU from“ Russia to Russia ”. This information was sent to Lithuania. Lithuania is not mentioned in the document, but by default it is clear that it affects Lithuania if Lithuania agrees to it,— Auštrevičius wrote on social media.

According to Auštrevičius, Lithuania has a veto power that it can use to prevent a “serious political crisis”; in the country.

He added that he sent the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, EC Vice President Josep Borrell, a letter in which he stated that “trust and credibility of EU policy are inseparable from the full implementation of sanctions, without exception of the Kaliningrad region».

On June 18, Lithuanian Railways stopped transit deliveries to the Kaliningrad region, as well as the export from it of a large list of goods that fall under EU sanctions. The list includes products made from iron, steel and other metals, fertilizers, timber, glass containers, cement, natural gas liquefaction plants, iron products, purebred horses, cigars, perfumes, etc.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis explained this step by the implementation of European sanctions that came into force on June 17. The Kremlin considered these measures unprecedented and illegal.

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On June 21, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned EU Ambassador Markus Ederer, who assured that there was no talk of a blockade of the Kaliningrad region, and asked to resolve the issue through diplomatic means. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that Moscow is working on a response to “hostile actions.”

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that a possible response to the restriction of transit would lie not in the diplomatic, but in the practical plane.

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The head of the Agency for International and Interregional Relations of the Kaliningrad Region, Alla Ivanova, proposed supplementing the EU document 833/2014 with the concept of “Kaliningrad transit of people and goods”.

As another decision, it was proposed to exclude the phrase “including transit” from the text of the articles of the sanctions document that relate to oil products, metals, coal and other goods.

The Kremlin admitted that Lithuania could cancel the decision to restrict transit to Kaliningrad, however urged to prepare for the worst. “Let's hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. What we always do,»,— said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

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Lukashenka arrived in St. Petersburg for talks with Putin

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko arrived at the Konstantinovsky Palace in St. Petersburg. This was announced by the Telegram channel Pool of the First, close to the press service of Lukashenka.

The palace will host talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Earlier, Lukashenka visited the site for the construction of the Belarusian port in the St. Petersburg marine complex Bronka. The project was supported by Putin in February of this year.

The day before, the Belarusian president met with the governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov, follows from a publication on his website. He said that he would hold talks with Putin on “serious issues.”

On June 25, on the day of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Belarus, the presidents of the countries exchanged congratulations.

Lukashenko noted that the strengthening of interaction between Minsk and Moscow makes it possible to successfully overcome global challenges and threats. He wished Putin health and good luck, and the Russians— peaceful skies, prosperity and confidence in the future.

Putin pointed out that the strengthening of relations meets the requirements of security and stability in the Eurasian space. He wished Lukashenka health and success, and the Belarusian people— happiness and well-being.

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The last time the presidents met was in the village of Zavidovo near Moscow, where they held an informal meeting, the spokesman said Kremlin Dmitry Peskov.

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The government approved the draft agreement with Serbia on flight safety

The project provides for the simplification of the recognition of airworthiness certificates and tests of aviation equipment, as well as other approval documents and results of technical supervision of aircraft

The government approved the agreement between Russia and Serbia on improving flight safety, the corresponding order was published on the official Internet -portal of legal information.

“To approve the draft Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Serbia on increased flight safety, submitted by the Ministry of Transport of Russia, agreed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and previously worked out with the Serbian side,” stated in the document.

In particular, the parties are facilitating the recognition of:

  • approvals of airworthiness and testing of aviation equipment;
  • qualification of flight simulators;
  • approval documents and the results of technical supervision of aircraft.

The government instructed the Federal Air Transport Agency to negotiate with the Serbian side and, upon reaching an agreement, sign an agreement.

Since the beginning of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Western countries have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow, which also affected air travel. Thus, the airspace of the EU, the USA and a number of other countries was closed for flights by Russian airlines. More than 20 Russian carriers are included in the so-called EU black list. The aviation authorities of Bermuda and Ireland have suspended the airworthiness certificates of aircraft of Russian companies, and the US Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded the safety rating for Russian airlines, considering that Rosaviatsia does not meet the safety standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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In addition, Western lessors have begun to detain foreign aircraft of Russian airlines abroad due to the imposed sanctions. On March 22, the Russian Ministry of Transport reported 78 out of 1367 aircraft lost due to arrests.

In order to preserve civil aviation, the Russian authorities decided to forcibly, without the permission of the owners, re-register foreign aircraft in Russia. As a result, according to the Federal Air Transport Agency, as of June 15, more than 600 aircraft, mainly manufactured by Airbus and Boeing, have been transferred to the Russian registry since the beginning of 2022.

Earlier, RBC, citing a copy of the document, the authenticity of which was confirmed by the organization's official representative Anthony Philbin, said that the ICAO has concerns regarding the double registration of Russian aircraft: because of it, there is a problem with the validity of licenses for their radio equipment and airworthiness certificates in general. The ICAO bulletin states that if the Russian authorities do not resolve this problem by September 14, then information about “substantial concerns” will be lost. will become publicly available, and on the site where the results of flight safety audits are published, a “red flag” will appear opposite Russia & mdash; it is a tool for “collectively informing other countries” who can decide for themselves what to do with this information. Now problems with ensuring flight safety are officially declared in Eritrea and Bhutan.

In response, the Ministry of Transport stated that they did not confirm ICAO's concerns about flight safety in Russia. The ministry noted that the same specialists continue to maintain aircraft using the same tools as before, “Russian aviation authorities confirm the compliance of aircraft transferred to the Russian register with international and Russian airworthiness requirements.”

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Putin announced the readiness of Russia and Belarus to saturate the markets with fertilizers

According to Putin, the two countries account for 15% of world trade and 25% for some types of fertilizers. The EU previously restricted the import of fertilizers from the two states, the US, in turn, excluded them from the sanctions lists

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Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko the situation with the supply of food and fertilizers to world markets. According to him, Moscow and Minsk are ready to take all necessary actions to meet the needs of the markets due to interruptions in supplies.

“We are the largest fertilizer supplier to the world market <…>. You and I agreed to do everything that depends on us, to take all the actions that depend on us, in order to satisfy the demand of our consumers, our clients, — Putin said at a meeting in St. Petersburg (TASS quote).

Putin noted that 15% of world trade and 25% for some types of fertilizers— it is “a very significant amount.”

After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Western countries have already introduced several packages of sanctions against Moscow and Minsk, which have exacerbated the problem of food supplies and mineral fertilizers. In early March, the Ministry of Industry and Trade warned of the risk of a collapse in the global fertilizer market due to problems with the supply of Russian goods to foreign countries.

After that, the US Treasury excluded fertilizers, medical equipment and medicines from Russia from the sanctions list. Washington allowed the export, import and re-export of these goods. At the same time, sanctions against most Russian financial, insurance and logistics companies continue to apply.

Nevertheless, in early April, the European Union limited the import of Russian-made fertilizers: the quota for potassium chloride will be 837.57 thousand tons, while the quota for other fertilizers containing potassium will be 1.57 million tons. European countries have also adopted restrictions on the purchase of fertilizers from Belarus.

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In mid-April, Russia introduced export quotas for mineral fertilizer producers to support them amid the risk of downtime “due to low demand in the domestic market and sanctions from unfriendly states.” Nitrogen fertilizers were allowed to export about 5.7 million tons. The export quota for complex fertilizers will be about 5.6 million tons.

On May 16, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that UN Secretary General António Guterres proposed to mitigate restrictions on the export of Russian and Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from the ports of Ukraine; according to the publication, he discussed this issue with Russia and Turkey. The UN World Food Program previously reported that about 25 million tons of grain “stuck” in Ukraine due to infrastructure problems and “blocked Black Sea ports.”

Putin has previously expressed confidence that Western countries will buy Russian fertilizers because of their scarcity. “The deficit will be taken. Will. No one wants to die of hunger, & mdash; said the head of state.

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Kadyrov announced the withdrawal of all civilians from Azot in Severodonetsk

The industrial zone of Severodonetsk, the Azot plant, was taken under control by allied forces on June 25, Kadyrov said. According to him, they managed to get all civilians out of the basements of the enterprise

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In Severodonetsk, allied forces removed from the basements of the Azot plant all civilians. This was stated by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov in Telegram.

“The entire territory east of the Seversky Donets River is under the control of allied forces, this is a residential sector and an industrial zone of the city of Severodonetsk, including the Azot plant; (all civilians were taken out of the basements, who were used as human shields), Severodonetsk airport, the village of Borovskoye, — he wrote.

According to Kadyrov, the Ukrainian military, leaving their positions, lay mines without thinking that a civilian or a child might step on them. However, he pointed out that the sappers professionally solve their tasks, thanks to which “none of these traps worked.”

The head of Chechnya also called the liberation of Lisichansk from the Ukrainian military a matter of time and wished the allied forces good luck in cleansing the city.

Earlier on June 25, Kadyrov announced that the industrial zone and the airport of Severodonetsk were under the control of the Russian Armed Forces, and from the territory of the Azot plant 800 civilians released.

At the end of May, the head of Chechnya said that during a special operation in Ukraine, Russian troops and LPR forces took control of Severodonetsk. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the residential areas of the city were “liberated”, but Ukrainian military personnel remained in industrial areas, including on the territory of the Azot chemical plant.

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On June 23, the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, said that the fighting in the zone of the Azot chemical plant continue, but in the near future this territory will be taken under control.

The next day, the head of the Ukrainian administration of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Gaidai, said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had received a command to retreat from Severodonetsk to more fortified positions.

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Borrell says Iran and US will resume talks on nuclear deal

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Iran and the US will resume talks on a nuclear deal, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell in Twitter.

“At a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, we agreed to resume negotiations between Iran and the United States in the coming days with the assistance of my team to resolve the last outstanding issues,”— said Borrell.

The head of EU diplomacy noted that three months have passed since he suspended the negotiations in Vienna. He felt that the parties need to speed up the work and close the deal now.

The Iranian minister confirmed that the country is ready to resume the negotiation process within a few days, Reuters reported. He expressed the hope that this time the United States will make real steps to complete the negotiations, and Iran will receive economic benefits.

The US, France, UK, Germany, China, Russia and Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). They agreed not to impose sanctions on Tehran if the country abandons the development of nuclear weapons, limits uranium enrichment and gives IAEA inspectors access to all nuclear facilities in the country.

However, under the presidency of Donald Trump, the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran accusing the country of violating the agreement. After that, Tehran began to exceed the permissible level of uranium enrichment, and also limited cooperation with the IAEA.

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The next American president, Joe Biden, in September 2021, announced his readiness to return to the nuclear deal with Iran. On March 15, 2022, State Department spokesman Ned Price reported that negotiations were close to the finish line, but some difficult issues remained unresolved. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov then emphasized that the restoration of the JCPOA would lead to the return of Iranian oil to the market.

In April, the Iranian parliament put forward conditions for the renewal of the nuclear agreement to President Ibrahim Raisi. Among them— the US refusal to impose new sanctions against Iran, lifting restrictions on oil exports from Iran and legal guarantees approved by the US Congress that Washington will not withdraw from the agreements.

On June 23, Sergey Lavrov held talks with the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry. He stated that Russia will seek to restore the JCPOA on the nuclear program in its original configuration, without any changes.

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Putin promised to transfer Iskander-M missile systems to Minsk

The President noted that the complexes can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, “both in conventional and nuclear versions”

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Russia will supply Iskander-M complexes to Minsk in the coming months, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in St. Petersburg.

"As we agreed— you raised the question about it, — we have made a decision. Within the next few months, we will hand over to Belarus the Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both in conventional and nuclear versions,— said the Russian President.

«Iskander»— a family of Russian operational-tactical missile systems (OTRK), which were developed by the Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering. These complexes are designed to destroy enemy air defense and missile defense systems, as well as objects they cover, at a distance of up to 500 km.

Lukashenka also asked Putin to help convert Belarusian Su-25 aircraft to be equipped with nuclear warheads, to which Putin replied with a proposal to re-equip them in Russia.

According to the Russian president, 200 tactical nuclear warheads are stored in European countries, and 257 aircraft have been prepared for their possible use. “You said that it would be possible to answer in a mirror way, but we should not even answer in a mirror way. Not necessary. But I completely agree with you that we are obliged to take care of the unconditional provision of our security, the security of the Union State, and perhaps other CSTO countries,” — Putin emphasized.

About the desire to receive from Russia several divisions of operational-tactical missile systems “Iskander” Lukashenko said in November last year. In May, the Belarusian president announced the purchase of a sufficient number of Iskander missile systems from Russia. and S-400.

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“We agreed with Putin. We bought from you the number of these Iskanders, S-400s we needed, and armed our army. Now it is a completely different army with such weapons. At the very least, the unacceptable damage this weapon can cause is colossal,— Lukashenka said then.

In early February, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported that combat crews of the S-400 air defense system took up combat duty at a training ground in the Brest region during an inspection of the reaction forces of the Union State. Exercise “Allied Resolve 2022” began on February 10 and lasted ten days. NATO suggested that the joint exercises of Russia and Belarus could be a disguise for organizing an invasion of Ukraine. Moscow repeatedly rejected “invasion” plans; Russia to Ukraine.

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Lukashenka compared Lithuania’s isolation of Kaliningrad with a declaration of war

Belarus is “very annoying” by the situation, politics and “aggressive behavior” of neighboring Poland and Lithuania. Lukashenka also pointed out that Lithuania's actions to ban transit to Kaliningrad can be compared to a declaration of war

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President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko told Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a meeting in St. Petersburg that he considers Lithuania's actions to ban transit to the Kaliningrad region comparable to a declaration of war, BelTA informs.

a plan to stop transit from Russia through Belarus to Kaliningrad, to isolate Kaliningrad. Look, this is like declaring some kind of war. Such things are unacceptable in modern conditions,»,— he said.

Lukashenko also shared that Belarus is “very annoying” the situation and the policy pursued by its neighbors— Poland and Lithuania. He pointed out that lately there have been the most Polish mercenaries in Ukraine.

“It is clear that they are standing behind your back, pushing you, but the policy is disgusting. Behavior is aggressive»— concluded the Belarusian leader.

Earlier on June 25, Lithuanian MEP Petras Auštrevičius announced that the European Commission was discussing a draft document allowing the transportation of goods under sanctions from Russia to the Kaliningrad region through the EU .

At the same time, Auštrevičius recalled that Lithuania has the right of veto, which it can use to prevent a “serious political crisis”; in the country.

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On June 18, Lithuania stopped transit deliveries to the Kaliningrad region for a large list of goods that fall under EU sanctions. The list includes products made from iron, steel and other metals, fertilizers, timber, glass containers, cement, natural gas liquefaction plants, iron products, purebred horses, cigars, perfumes, etc.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis explained this measure by the implementation of European sanctions that came into force on June 17. The Kremlin considered these measures illegal.

EU Ambassador Markus Ederer assured that there was no question of a blockade of the Kaliningrad region, and asked to resolve the issue through diplomacy. At the same time, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that Moscow was working on a response to “hostile actions.”

Ministry representative Maria Zakharova pointed out that a possible response to the restriction of transit would lie not in the diplomatic, but in the practical plane .

The Kremlin admitted that Lithuania could cancel the decision to restrict transit to Kaliningrad, but urged to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

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Lukashenko asked Putin to help with a mirror response to Western aggression

President of Belarus Lukashenko asked Putin to help with the nuclear equipment of aircraft The President of Belarus asked his Russian colleague to help with the response to training flights of US and NATO aircraft that can carry nuclear warheads. Putin proposed to retrofit the Su-25 of the Belarusian army and supply the Iskanders alt=”Lukashenko asked Putin to help with a mirror response to Western aggression” />

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Belarus is very concerned about the training flights of US and NATO aircraft, which are “preparing to carry nuclear warheads and nuclear charges”, said President Alexander Lukashenka at the talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg.

“I ask you to consider the question of a mirror answer to these things. No overkill. They train to carry nuclear warheads— can you please help us to at least adapt the planes that we have that can carry nuclear weapons, — he said.

Lukashenko noted that Belarus must be ready to use the most serious weapons in order to protect “the fatherland from Brest to Vladivostok.”

“You said that you could answer in a mirror way. It is possible, but you and I don’t even need to answer this in a mirror way, — Putin said. He agreed with Lukashenka on the issue that countries need to ensure the security of the Union State and other CSTO countries.

At the same time, the Russian president noted that the Belarusian army has a lot of Su-25 aircraft in service. “They could be retrofitted accordingly. True, this modernization should be carried out at aircraft factories in Russia,»,— proposed by Putin.

He also announced that within the next few months Moscow would supply Iskander-M tactical missile systems to Minsk. They can use

ballistic and cruise missiles in both conventional and nuclear versions.

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instructionsFrom May 1 to May 26, the annual defense exercises Defender Europe and Swift Response 2022 were held in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and six other countries. 18 thousand military personnel from more than 20 states took part in them, including about 7 thousand people and 3 thousand pieces of equipment on the territory of Poland. Among the participants were the military from the United States, France, Sweden, Germany, Denmark and the UK.

In early May, the Ministry of Defense of Belarus announced that NATO had doubled its military contingent in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The department warned that strike groups could be created near the borders of Belarus and Russia as soon as possible.

On May 26, Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said that under the guise of exercises, NATO reconnaissance aircraft were studying the territory of Belarus, BelTA reported.

From June 6 to 9, annual military exercises were held in the airspace of the Baltic states -NATO and allied air forces Ramstein Alloy. The military worked out the protection of the airspace, conducting communication and control procedures, escorting aircraft, identifying air targets, as well as search and rescue operations.

Against the background of the exercises, from the beginning of May, Belarus began a sudden check of the reaction forces. On June 1, the country's Ministry of Defense reported that the third stage of the exercises was still underway.

On June 23, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow and Minsk should take urgent measures to strengthen the defense capability of the Union State, increase the combat readiness of the regional group of troops and the unified regional air defense system.

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Biden opposes G7 investment in foreign fuel projects

According to Bloomberg, Germany is trying to persuade the G7 to drop its commitment to cut investment in foreign fossil fuel projects. A White House spokesman said Biden does not consider this “the right course” ” alt=”Biden opposes G7 investment in foreign fuel projects” />

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U.S. President Joe Biden does not see the right to invest in fossil fuels outside the G7 countries, the council's strategic communications coordinator said at a briefing National Security Council (NSC) White House John Kirby.

This is how he commented on Bloomberg's information about Germany's desire to convince the G7 countries to abandon their obligation to reduce investment in foreign fossil fuel projects by the end of the year.

“The President clearly said that he did not consider these investments (in fossil fuels. — RBC) on the right course. I am not aware that there has been a change to this policy,— said Kirby.

According to Bloomberg, Germany, because of the situation in Ukraine, insists that the G7 countries waive their obligations to cut funding for foreign projects for the extraction of fossil fuels. A document in the agency's possession states that “The G7 needs to recognize that state-supported investments in the gas sector are needed as a temporary response to the current energy crisis.”

Text remains under discussion and may be changed before the G7 leaders hold a summit in Germany, the agency said.

A Bloomberg source familiar with the discussion of the project said that Italy did not oppose the German proposal, as it is heavily dependent on Russian gas.

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After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Western countries, including the EU and the USA, have already introduced several package of sanctions. Restrictions have affected the energy industry, and gas and oil prices have reached record levels.

In mid-June, Gazprom announced a reduction in gas pumping through Nord Stream 1; due to the delay in the repair of units by Siemens (it decided to leave the Russian market in mid-May). The company explained that the turbines are under repair in Canada, their export from there is difficult due to sanctions. The volume of deliveries decreased to 100 million cubic meters. m per day with a planned volume of 167 million cubic meters. m. June 15 at Gazprom reported that the volume of pumping will decrease to 67 million cubic meters. m.

After that, the German authorities decided to increase the load on coal-fired power plants and reduce the use of gas in industry in order to increase fuel supplies for the winter period. “Gas consumption must continue to fall, so more gas must be stored in storage, otherwise it will be very difficult in winter,” — said German Energy Minister Robert Habek.

Due to the risk of gas shortages, the Netherlands Cabinet also decided to lift the restriction on the operation of coal-fired power plants for the period from 2022 to 2024. “The cabinet will soon propose additional measures to reduce CO2 emissions and offset emissions from coal-fired power plants,” clarified the Minister for Climate and Energy Policy of the Netherlands Rob Jetten.

Reuters reported that the authorities of Italy, Denmark and Austria also thought about resuming the work of coal-fired power plants.

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Lithuanian President opposes compromise with Russia on transit

The President of Lithuania opposed a compromise with Russia on the issue of transit to Kaliningrad The President of Lithuania called on the government to urgently start consultations with the European Commission so that the implementation of anti-Russian sanctions would not harm Lithuania's interests, but would be painful for Russia

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President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda decided not to make concessions to Russia on the issue of transit to the Kaliningrad region.

“Lithuania must maintain and will maintain control over the goods transported through its territory, and there can be no question of any “corridors”,— he wrote in social networks.

Nauceda has already discussed the issue of transit with the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. “It is clear that Lithuania must and will apply EU sanctions,” — stressed the president.

He added that the Lithuanian government should urgently start consultations with the European Commission so that the implementation of anti-Russian sanctions would not harm either Lithuanian interests or international agreements, but would be painful for Russia.

Lithuanian MEP Petras Auštrevičius announced earlier on June 25 that the European Commission was discussing a draft document allowing the transportation of goods under sanctions from Russia to the Kaliningrad region through the territory of the EU.

At the same time, he recalled Lithuania's right of veto, which it can apply to avert a “major political crisis” in the country.

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Austrevičius sent a letter to von der Leyen and the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in which he stated that “trust and reliability of EU policy are inseparable from the full implementation of sanctions without excluding the Kaliningrad region.”

On June 25, a meeting was held between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. During the negotiations, the President of Belarus stated that he considers Lithuania's actions to ban transit to the Kaliningrad region comparable to a declaration of war.

On June 18, Lithuania stopped transit deliveries to the Kaliningrad region for a large list of goods, explaining this measure by the implementation of European sanctions that came into force on June 17.

The list includes products from iron, steel and other metals, fertilizers, timber, glass containers, cement, natural gas liquefaction plants, iron products, purebred horses, cigars, perfumes, etc.

The Kremlin considered these measures illegal. On June 21, the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned EU Ambassador Markus Ederer, who assured that there was no question of a blockade of the Kaliningrad region, and asked to resolve the issue through diplomacy. hostile actions. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that a possible response to the restriction of transit will lie not in the diplomatic, but in the practical plane.

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Reuters learned about the agreement by the G7 countries to ban gold imports from Russia

According to the agency, the leaders of the G7 countries agreed to a ban on the import of new gold from Russia. Earlier, Reuters reported that the EU may also include restrictions on gold in the seventh package of anti-Russian sanctions 756561766588347.jpg” alt=”Reuters learned of the G7 countries agreeing to ban gold imports from Russia” />

The leaders of the G7 countries (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, France, Japan and the United States) agreed to a ban on imports new gold from Russia, according to Reuters, citing sources.

According to the agency, on June 28, the US Treasury Department will issue a ruling to ban the import of new gold into the United States. Similar statements should be made by the finance ministries of other G7 countries, the agency writes.

On June 21, Reuters, citing sources, said that the European Union may include restrictions on gold in the seventh package of anti-Russian sanctions. One of the interlocutors told the agency that the European Commission is working on the inclusion of gold in a possible new package of sanctions, but it is not known whether the measure will involve a ban on the export of the metal to Russia or its import from the country.

A representative of the Danish ambassador to the EU told the agency that at a closed meeting of ambassadors last week, the Danish diplomat suggested that gold be included in the new sanctions package along with other sectors.

Russia is one of the world's largest exporters of gold. According to the Ministry of Finance, in 2021, Russian gold mining companies produced 346.4 tons of gold. Approximately 87% of this volume, or 302.2 tons, went to export, which brought in $17.4 billion, according to FCS statistics.

On February 28, the Bank of Russia resumed buying gold on the domestic precious metals market after the EU and the US blocked its assets. The regulator has not purchased this metal since March 2020. In mid-March 2022, the Central Bank suspended purchases due to increased demand for gold bullion among the population, but at the end of the month resumed them again at a fixed price.

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The head of the Crimea extended the high level of terrorist threat

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The high level of terrorist threat in some areas of Crimea was extended until 20:00 on July 10. This was written by the head of the republic Sergey Aksenov in Telegram.

«Yellow» the level was introduced on the territory of the urban districts of Armyansk, Dzhankoy, Kerch, Krasnoperekopsk and Dzhankoysky and Krasnoperekopsky districts. It also operates at the facilities of the republican ministries of transport, housing and communal services, health, fuel and energy, industrial policy, the committee for water management and melioration.

“The situation in the Republic of Crimea is under the control of the executive bodies of state power and local governments, the safety of residents and guests of the region is fully ensured by law enforcement agencies and law enforcement agencies,” — Aksyonov noted.

Regions that border Ukraine began to introduce a regime of high terrorist threat after the start of the Russian military operation and reports of shelling.

The head of Crimea first introduced such a regime on April 11, together with the governor of the Krasnodar Territory, Veniamin Kondratyev. He stated that the level of threat is rising “due to possible provocations by accomplices of the Kyiv regime.” So far, he has extended the effect of “yellow” terrorist threat level four times.

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Zelensky’s office rules out Ukraine’s steps to join NATO

Zelensky's office: Ukraine will not take steps to join NATO Nevertheless, Ukraine expects the North Atlantic Alliance to confirm partnership with Kyiv and hopes that any references to Russia as a partner will be removed from the new NATO strategic concept

Ukraine will not take steps to join NATO, because the members of the alliance have rejected the aspirations of the country. This was stated by Deputy Head of the Office of the Ukrainian President Igor Zhovkva in an interview with The Financial Times.

Kyiv recognizes that Ukraine's accession to NATO is impossible in the short term, but wants the Alliance to confirm the partnership, he stressed.

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In addition, the Ukrainian authorities hope that NATO will recognize Ukraine's central role in European security during a meeting in Spain, where the members of the alliance will determine the strategic direction of the organization for the next decade.

According to Zhovkva, Ukraine also wants any mention of about Russia as a partner were removed from NATO's strategic concept.

“We expect NATO's strategic concept to contain stronger and harsher warnings against the Russian aggressor. Do not be shy, this is my call to NATO members when formulating provisions regarding Russia, — he said.

In early June, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov noted that NATO should consider granting Ukraine “de facto” rather than “de facto” -jure» alliance membership.

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The NATO Summit will take place on June 28-30 in Madrid, where members will discuss the new NATO Strategic Concept Paper. This document will guide the alliance for the next decade.

The Strategic Concept sets out NATO's purpose, nature and fundamental security objectives, and the challenges and opportunities the Alliance faces in a changing security environment.

In the current Strategic Concept, Active Engagement, Modern defense» (2010) outlined three main objectives: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security.

The possibility of Ukraine joining NATO has been discussed for at least the last decades. In April last year, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called NATO membership the only way to end the conflict in Donbas.

The Kremlin has repeatedly said that Ukraine's possible entry into the alliance threatens Russia's security, and NATO itself has been accused of “pumping” ; Ukraine with weapons and “invasion” on the territory of the country “with its own infrastructure”.

After the start of Russia's special operation in Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly called on NATO to accept the country into the alliance. However, in early March, Zelensky said that Kyiv “has cooled” to this question. “We realized that NATO is not ready to accept Ukraine— the alliance fears contradictions and confrontation with Russia. We will never beg for something on our knees,— he said then.

Head of the Office of the President Mikhail Podolyak admitted that Ukraine could refuse to join NATO if there are security guarantees for the country.

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The head of Ukrainian intelligence announced “certain events” in August

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The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kirill Budanov, told in an interview with Western journalists how he sees the development of the ongoing conflict under certain conditions.

“By the end of the year, hostilities on the territory of Ukraine may be reduced to almost zero “, – he said on the air of the British TV channel itvNews.

According to Budanov, a decisive moment may come in August.

“When “certain events” occur,” said the head of the GUR. He added that during this period, the Ukrainian army could allegedly demonstrate to the world that it is capable of turning the corner.

Budanov stressed that now no one in the leadership of Ukraine is considering any other option than returning the country to the 1991 borders.

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When asked about the retreat of the Ukrainian army in the eastern direction, he noted that it “was tactical” and said that, in his opinion, the Ukrainian military had success in other areas.

Recall that that the former President of Russia Vladi Putin, as well as Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, assured that all the tasks of the special military operation to protect Donbass would be fulfilled.

Now the Ukrainian side is trying to put a good face on the disastrous situation – Severodnetsk and the Azot plant located there completely under the control of Russia and the LDNR, the allied forces entered Lisichansk. Kyiv calls any defeat a “tactical retreat.” Statements by the Ukrainian authorities contrast sharply with reality. This is perfectly seen by ordinary Ukrainians.

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Putin’s reservation caused confusion with Russian nuclear aircraft

Belarusian Su-35 fighters will become carriers

During the meeting of the leaders of Russia and Belarus in St. Petersburg, they agreed on measures to ensure strategic deterrence. Belarus was promised Iskander-M operational-tactical missile systems with ballistic and cruise missiles, including nuclear ones. In addition, it was promised to study the issue of modifying Belarusian Air Force aircraft to carry nuclear weapons. But just with the planes there was some confusion due to President Putin's reservation.

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Speaking of the fact that six NATO countries already have about 250 carriers of tactical nuclear bombs, Putin invited Lukashenko to modify Belarusian fighters to carry nuclear weapons. At the same time, Putin made a reservation, calling these aircraft Su-25. All Russian and Belarusian media replicated this statement by Putin. Meanwhile, as Putin, of course, had in mind completely different aircraft.

Su-25 is an attack aircraft, an aircraft for direct support of infantry on the battlefield. It has a small combat radius, and a relatively low mass of ammunition. From it, of course, the carrier of nuclear weapons is none. Another thing is the multifunctional fighter of the 4++ generation – the Su-35. Here it can carry up to 8 tons of missiles and bombs. This is exactly what Putin had in mind, but, apparently, he misspoke.

At least, on the presidential website kremlin.ru, Putin's slip of the tongue has already been corrected – the Su-35 aircraft appears in the test message.

These fighters are able to work on air and ground targets, have a decent range (enough to deliver nuclear missiles to the right place), and are well protected from enemy air defenses. Aircraft have proven their effectiveness in Syria.

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